Just one week ago, it looked as if “Cougar Town” was going to be gone without a trace after just three seasons on TV — however, TBS has now agreed to play savior to the series for another 15 episodes.
In a statement Thursday, TBS, TNT, and TCM programming head Michael Wright had the following say about the decision to snatch the cul-de-sac crew featuring Courteney Cox and Busy Philipps away from ABC:
“Cougar Town is a smart, whimsical sitcom that draws its humor from likable, relatable characters … We are thrilled to have Cougar Town moving to the TBS neighborhood as the network continues to expand its slate of original comedy series.”
What is especially interesting about this move is seeing all of the multiple implications that come along with it — Josh Hopkins and Dan Byrd had already signed on for other pilots, but these new shows will now be re-cast due to them being in second position to this series. (A similar sort of scenario unfolded last year when “New Girl” had to replace Coach with Winston after “Happy Endings” was picked up for a second season.)
Finally, this may give “Cougar Town” the opportunity it deserves to succeed after ABC first delayed its third-season premiere, and then aired it in a rather unappealing timeslot following “Last Man Standing” — a show with a rather different sort of audience.
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